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    Q&A with John Bresnahan and Manu Raju

    Politico reporters Manu Raju and John Bresnahan talked about incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), his personality, his career in the Senate, and his relationships with Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), President Obama, and his own party.

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    Newsmakers with John Yoo

    John Yoo, former deputy assistant attorney general in the George W. Bush administration, talked about the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) interrogations. John Yoo was the author of several 2002 Justice Department memos on interrogation of suspected terrorism detainees. The memos were viewed as providing legal rationale for setting aside the Geneva Convention and using enhanced interrogation techniques in questioning terrorism suspects. He talked about what he thought about in 2002 while trying to determine a definition of torture and what was legal while interrogating terrorism suspects. Professor Yoo participated by remote video from the University of California, Berkeley. After the interview, the reporters in the studio discussed his responses with the host.

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    Q&A with Ann Compton

    Ann Compton talked about her 41-year career covering the White House. She talked about covering presidents from Gerald Ford to Barack Obama and shared her personal experiences with these men and her opinions on their administrations. As the only television reporter with President Bush on September 11, 2001, she also spoke about how the day unfolded.

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    Representative Paul Ryan on Tax Reform

    Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) talked about the possibility of tax code reform in the 114th Congress.

    “The Business of Taxes” was part of the Wall St. Journal CEO Council annual meeting.

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    Q&A with James Risen

    James Risen talked about his book Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War, in which he explores some of the hidden costs of the war on terror since September 11, 2001, both around the world and in the U.S. He spoke about billions of dollars disappearing in Iraq, and abuses of power involving monetary fraud by Americans in the warzones of Iraq and Afghanistan. He also talked about civil liberties issues and the National Security Agency’s (NSA) domestic surveillance program.

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    Newsmakers with Rajiv Shah

    U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah talked about the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa. Congress was being asked to appropriate another $6 billion in emergency funds to fight Ebola after the congressional Thanksgiving break. Other topics included what the agency was doing to combat global poverty and oversee foreign aid. After the interview the reporters discussed his responses with the host.

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    Congressional Career of Representative Frank Wolf

    Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA), who was retiring at the at the conclusion of his 17th term in office, talked about his 33 years in Congress. Topics included what he will miss about Congress and the state of the U.S. economy.

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    Congressional Career of Representative Ralph Hall

    Representative Ralph Hall (R-TX), who was retiring at the end of the 113th Congress, reflected on his career in the House of Representatives.

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    Congressional Career of Senator Tom Harkin

    Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), who was retiring at the end of the 113th Congress, reflected on his career in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Senator Harkin first arrived in the House in 1975 after serving in state offices. He moved to the Senate in 1985.

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    Congressional Career of Representative Tom Petri

    Representative Tom Petri (R-WI), who was retiring at the end of the 113th Congress, reflected on his 35-year career in the House of Representatives. He talked about some of the historical events that happened during his tenure in Congress, including the ethics investigation of former House Speaker Jim Wright, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Iraq invasion, and the 2008 financial crisis